- a superficial luster or shine; glaze: the gloss of satin.
- a false or deceptively good appearance.
- Also glosser. a cosmetic that adds sheen or luster, especially one for the lips.
- to put a gloss upon.
- to give a false or deceptively good appearance to: to gloss over flaws in the woodwork.
Origin of gloss1
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- an explanation or translation, by means of a marginal or interlinear note, of a technical or unusual expression in a manuscript text.
- a series of verbal interpretations of a text.
- a glossary.
- an artfully misleading interpretation.
- to insert glosses on; annotate.
- to place (a word) in a gloss.
- to give a specious interpretation of; explain away (often followed by over or away): to gloss over a serious problem with a pat solution.
- to make glosses.
Origin of gloss2
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- a combining form meaning “tongue, word, speech,” used in the formation of compound words: glossology.
Origin of glosso-
Examples from the Web for gloss
He also said health care providers should not gloss over possible or suspect cases.Europe’s Hidden Ebola Cases
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 15, 2014
All three outlets remained fixated on surgery, and seemed to only gloss over questions of identity.Trans Celebs Are Great; Trans Leaders Are Better
July 26, 2014
In March, popular beauty site Into the Gloss even published a how-to on getting blue-tinted hair.Tangled Up in Blue: Young Stars and Their Blue Rinses
July 9, 2014
“I have never considered modeling an actual job title,” she told Into the Gloss.Miranda Kerr Debuts Son In ‘Vogue’ Australia; Diane Kruger Designs for Jason Wu
The Fashion Beast Team
June 13, 2014
Gloss: Note that this question asks a scientist to take a “position” on the “origins of the universe.”How Liberty University Creates Creationists
Karl W. Giberson
March 2, 2014
They draw this distinction when it is too late, and use it as a quibble to gloss over their fault.The Eternal City
This filler should be very thin and leave only a suggestion of gloss.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
Nor did he try to gloss over or strive to nullify his own dishonorable actions.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
What could gloss over the base return he made them for all their hospitalities and attention?Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
One does not care to own a girl as tall as that while the gloss is on one's hair.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
- lustre or sheen, as of a smooth surface
- (as modifier)gloss paint
- a superficially attractive appearance
- See gloss paint
- a cosmetic preparation applied to the skin to give it a faint sheenlip gloss
- to give a gloss to or obtain a gloss
- a short or expanded explanation or interpretation of a word, expression, or foreign phrase in the margin or text of a manuscript, etc
- an intentionally misleading explanation or interpretation
- short for glossary
- to add glosses to
before a vowel gloss-
- indicating a tongue or languageglossolaryngeal
Word Origin and History for gloss
"luster," 1530s, from Scandinavian (cf. Icelandic glossi "flame," related to glossa "to flame"), or obsolete Dutch gloos "a glowing," from Middle High German glos; probably ultimately from the same source as Old English glowan (see glow (v.)).
"word inserted as an explanation," 1540s (earlier gloze, c.1300), from Latin glossa "obsolete or foreign word," one that requires explanation; hence also "explanation, note," from Greek glossa (Ionic), glotta (Attic) "obscure word, language," also "mouthpiece," literally "tongue," from PIE *glogh- "thorn, point, that which is projected" (cf. Old Church Slavonic glogu "thorn"). Figurative use from 1540s. Both glossology (1716) and glottology (1841) have been used in the sense "science of language."
1570s as "insert a word as an explanation," from gloss (n.2). From 1650s as "to add luster," from gloss (n.1). Figurative sense of "smooth over, hide" is from 1729, mostly from gloss (n.1) but showing influence of gloss (n.2) in the extended verbal sense of "explain away" (1630s), from idea of a note inserted in the margin of a text to explain a difficult word. Related: Glossed; glossing.
word-forming element meaning "tongue," from Greek glosso-, comb. form of glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)).